For nearly three centuries, as the Black Death rampaged through Europe and the Reformation tore the Church apart, tens of thousands were arrested as witches and subjected to trial, torture, and execution, including being burned alive. This graphic novel examines the background; the methods of the witch hunters; who stood to profit; the brave few who protested; and how the trials finally faded as Enlightenment replaced fear and superstition with reason and science. The book examines famed witch hunters Heinrich Kramer, architect of the infamous Malleus Maleficarum; Matthew Hopkins, England’s notorious “Witchfinder General”; King James I, supposedly the target of assassination by a Scottish coven; the Salem Witch Trials; and the last witch trials and executions in Europe.
Table of Contents:
- Before the Trials
- The Trials Begin
- The First Witch-hunter
- The Contagion Spreads
- Joan of Arc
- The Trials in Arras
- The Hammer of Witches
- Witchcraft and the Reformation
- The Trials in Wurzberg
- King James and the North Berwick Trials
- Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder-General
- The Salem Witch Trials
- The Frenzy Fades
The book runs 185 pages, and also includes a bibliography.
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